A mother allegedly gave her daughter tapeworms to help her lose weight before a pageant, as described by pediatric E.R. nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio on the show Untold Stories of the E.R. on Discovery Fit & Health. The story is disturbing and not suitable for those with a weak stomach.
1. Cabral-Osorio first thought the teen was pregnant
When the teenager arrived at the hospital with an abnormally distended stomach, nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio initially suspected pregnancy. However, upon performing an ultrasound, it was determined that there was no baby present. Cabral-Osorio stated that "something was in her intestines."
2. When the patient went to the bathroom, she started screaming
When Cabral-Osorio examined the patient, she found the source of the problem. "It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. It was so gross, and she had excreted all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and still moving, trying to escape the toilet bowl," she said.
3. The nurse did her best to calm the patient
Cabral-Osorio reassured the patient that once the tapeworms were removed, she would fully recover. The source of the infection, however, remains unclear.
4. Turns out, the girl's mom purposely gave her tapeworms
Cabral-Osorio remembered the moment when they found out how the girl got infected, "We were wondering how did she get those tapeworms, and then you saw the mom turn white," she said. "The mom was apologizing to the girl. It's like 'I'm so sorry. You know, I did it just to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant.'" The mother admitted that she had given her daughter pills containing tapeworm eggs, not live tapeworms. The revelation was disgusting.
5. It's unclear whether there were any legal ramifications of what happened
It is unclear if the actions of the mother constitute child abuse and warrant reporting to authorities. It is hoped that the child is no longer under the mother's care.